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May 1, 2012 | By Waymon Hudson, For RedEye
Ladies, you know we love you. There always has been - and always will be - a special bond between gay men and straight women. It's a bond as old as time itself - or at least dating back to "Will & Grace. " Now that spring has arrived, it's time for our annual talk about Boystown boundaries before the inevitable bachelorette party invasion becomes a debaucherous spiral into broken heels and street puking. Yes, I know gay men make you feel special and safe. You come to our clubs so you won't get hit on or groped like you would in a straight establishment.
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April 29, 2014 | By Ryan Smith and For RedEye
It was to be my small, lofted Shangri-La. My Fortress of Urban Solitude. After weeks of scouring the hellish depths of Craigslist's real estate section and nearly every apartment-hunting website known to man, I'd finally unearthed my dream bachelor pad. I felt like Gollum from "Lord of the Rings" with a hankering for weathered hardwood floors and spiral staircases instead of magical rings. My first instinct was to sign the lease as quickly as I could click a ballpoint pen, but then came a nagging voice in the back of my head.
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June 12, 2012 | By RedEye staff
The Chicago Diner 3411 N. Halsted St. 773-935-6696 “Meat-free since '83” is the motto at this restaurant, which looks like a classic American diner but serves vegetarian and vegan versions of comfort foods such as reuben sandwiches, country-fried steak and even a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving. For a serious feast, order the Southern Style, a vegan platter of spicy buffalo wings, mac 'n' cheese, greens, black-eyed peas and jalapeno corn fritters. Tac Quick Thai Kitchen 3930 N. Sheridan Road.
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January 29, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
We're No. 1! We're No. 2! We're No. 0! When it comes to how LGBT-friendly Chicago is, the results are in -- and they vary across the board. Outtraveler.com , an LGBT travel site, named Boystown the world's best gay neighborhood this year thanks to its welcoming attitude and Northhalsted Market Days, "an unrivaled August street party. " This title comes on the heels of out.com , an LGBTQ lifestyles site, placing seven North Side bars in its top 200 greatest gay bars in the world.
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June 12, 2012 | By RedEye staff
Whether you're looking for celeb chef-fronted restaurants or little-known bars, don't miss these 20 spots that make Boystown and East Lakeview. 1 . Frog N Snail ( 3124 N. Broadway 773-661-9166 ). Chef Dale Levitski, known by local foodies for his turns on “Top Chef” as well as his Lincoln Park restaurant Sprout, serves his own spin on French bistro favorites such as Lyonnaise salad and steak frites at this playfully named restaurant. 2 . Friar Tuck ( 3010 N. Broadway 773-327-5101 )
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April 10, 2013 | By Zach Stafford, @zachstafford and For RedEye
I'll admit it: I go to Boystown too much. It's not unusual for me to eat dinner on a Monday at Wood, grab a few drinks on a Thursday at Scarlet and hang out on the rooftop at Sidetrack on a nice summer Sunday. Boystown is my go-to, my very own Cheers, but on a larger scale. I'm certainly not alone, but as the weather starts to warm and the bar scene beckons ever more urgently, I keep asking myself: Is this really a good use of my time in Chicago, a progressive city with so much to do?
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May 15, 2013 | By Jason Steele, @CBQSteele and For RedEye
Boystown is on the cusp of a renaissance. Progress Bar is taking over the old Cocktail spot. Replay, an arcade bar, is moving into the former Buck's Saloon. Circuit has reopened. Heck, even The Lucky Horseshoe Lounge has brought in a gaggle of new go-go boys. Or so I've heard. And by "heard" I mean "seen," and by "seen" I mean "stuffed several singles into bulging G-strings last Saturday night. " Yet arguably the biggest development - both figuratively and literally - is not one of the famous bars.
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January 27, 2012 | By Tony Peregrin, RedEye special contributor
Football and Madonna--the reigning pop star emeritus--are an unlikely pairing for some Super Bowl fans, but not for Omicah House, general manager of Halsted's, who is quick to point out (with a wink and a nudge) that Madge once rocked bedazzled shoulder pads at one of her concerts. The NFL and NBC announced that Madonna would perform at Super Bowl XLVI's halftime show during the Detroit-New Orleans game Dec. 4, and quicker than a ray of light, Madonna-themed Super Bowl parties were planned for many of the bars in Boystown.
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June 15, 2012 | By RedEye staff
On a sunny day in Boystown, there is no better place than an airy patio. Here are five of the best in the area. Taverna 750 750 W. Cornelia St. 773-904-7466 The flower-lined sidewalk seating in front of this Italian-inspired bar and eatery is just right for sharing a carafe of prosecco spritz cocktails made with imported liqueurs or house-made limoncello. D.S. Tequila Co. 3352 N. Halsted St. 773-697-9127 Snag a seat at one of the umbrella-covered tables on the patio of this popular Halsted Street spot and make your...
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November 14, 2012 | By Georgia Garvey @gcgarvey and For RedEye
Rumblings that The Abbey , a standout gay bar from West Hollywood, might be opening a second location in Chicago haven't gotten past the "rumor" stage, as it turns out. "We're always on the lookout for a second location," said Widran Quesada, spokesman for The Abbey. "But there haven't been any decisions made. " Rumors began circling this summer that a spot at 3532 N. Halsted St. in Boystown was being eyed and ChicagoPride.com reported that Wendy Berger Shapiro, who runs a Chicago equities firm, was under contract to buy the location.
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January 2, 2014 | RedEye
Chicago has the best gay neighborhood in the world. Don't believe it? Out Traveler readers voted Boystown the No.1 Incomparable Gay Neighborhood in the world, beating San Francisco, L.A., Barcelona and Madrid. The site singled out the 'hood's Pride Parade, Market Days and a planned rehab of bar Hydrate. Get the full story: outtraveler.com Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
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December 30, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Halsted Street mainstay Hydrate will close Jan. 5 to make way for "extensive" renovations, said club owner Mark Liberson. "Everything's being redone," Liberson said, citing a new exterior, front bar area, bathrooms, windows and decorative fixtures. "We're bringing [Hydrate] forward into the new decade, using more upscale materials. We want to give people a destination that reflects how the community has been evolving and create a more upscale presence. " Liberson, who also owns nearby bars Elixir and Replay , said he hopes to reopen "as quickly as...
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August 16, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
EAT Julia Child Restaurant Week Bistronomic 840 N. Wabash Ave. 312-944-8400 The iconic chef's 101st birthday - and her French recipes - serve as inspiration for a three-course prix fixe with four options per course including a house-cured duck confit a l'orange appetizer and bacon-wrapped pork chop entree during this "week," which actually extends through August 31. 5-11 p.m. $30. Additional participating restaurants: ...
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July 4, 2013 | By Lenox Magee, @LenoxMagee and For RedEye
A record crowd of more than 1 million people turned out Sunday for the Gay Pride Parade in Boystown. Awesome! What a great time this is for the gay community. Yet what many people may not know is there's another celebration this weekend that flies far under the mainstream media's radar: Black Pride . United Black Pride is the organization that brings it all together with parties, concerts, health workshops and poetry slams at venues throughout the city. Here is the million-dollar question: Why do we have two separate Pride festivities?
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June 26, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
It's expected to be a supreme celebration Wednesday night. On the heels of Supreme Court rulings that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and paved way for gay marriage in California, bar owners in Boystown are preparing for larger than normal crowds -- even with Pride Week activities in full swing. At Sidetrack, a Boystown video bar, a 16-foot banner was being printed Wednesday, which will be hung on the bars awning, according to a bar manager. “June 26, 2013 DOMA Overturned.
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June 19, 2013 | By Tony Peregrin and For RedEye
LGBTs and their straight allies will have even more reason to celebrate during Chicago Gay Pride this year as the festivities are being filmed for a 52-minute documentary that will air on France's M6 - one of the top three TV networks in the country. “I was really impressed with how many people attended your Pride parade last year - 800,000. When I heard that number, I was really impressed,” said Aurore Belser, 32, a journalist and producer of the untitled documentary. “I've seen video of your past parades on YouTube, but that didn't really give me an idea...
NEWS
January 2, 2014 | RedEye
Chicago has the best gay neighborhood in the world. Don't believe it? Out Traveler readers voted Boystown the No.1 Incomparable Gay Neighborhood in the world, beating San Francisco, L.A., Barcelona and Madrid. The site singled out the 'hood's Pride Parade, Market Days and a planned rehab of bar Hydrate. Get the full story: outtraveler.com Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
NEWS
June 19, 2013 | By Tony Peregrin and For RedEye
LGBTs and their straight allies will have even more reason to celebrate during Chicago Gay Pride this year as the festivities are being filmed for a 52-minute documentary that will air on France's M6 - one of the top three TV networks in the country. “I was really impressed with how many people attended your Pride parade last year - 800,000. When I heard that number, I was really impressed,” said Aurore Belser, 32, a journalist and producer of the untitled documentary. “I've seen video of your past parades on YouTube, but that didn't really give me an idea of what it was...
NEWS
May 15, 2013 | By Jason Steele, @CBQSteele and For RedEye
Boystown is on the cusp of a renaissance. Progress Bar is taking over the old Cocktail spot. Replay, an arcade bar, is moving into the former Buck's Saloon. Circuit has reopened. Heck, even The Lucky Horseshoe Lounge has brought in a gaggle of new go-go boys. Or so I've heard. And by "heard" I mean "seen," and by "seen" I mean "stuffed several singles into bulging G-strings last Saturday night. " Yet arguably the biggest development - both figuratively and literally - is not one of the famous bars.
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